I love t-shirt redos because they’re always super cheap and rewarding. When I heard that you could cut strips of t-shirts to create your own “yarn”, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s quick and easy to create your own yarn, your cuts don’t need to be straight, nothing has to be measured, you can just go! I sat around with my t-shirt yarn for a while, wondering what I could make out of it. A lot of people crochet rugs or pot holders and I love the chunky look, but I wanted something to wear. Then, I found this video for arm knitting, and I thought this would be a perfect way to show off my homemade yarn:
What You Need:
- 2 XL T-Shirts (I used 2 of the same color, but you could mix and match for a colorblocked look.)
Lay your shirt out flat with the bottom hem even on the front and back
Cut off the bottom hem
Start cutting a strip from one side about 1 inch thick
Keep cutting the strip until you are between 1/2 and 1 inch from the opposite edge
Cut another strip from the same side and stop at the same point, about 3/4 of an inch away from the opposite edge
Repeat this step until you reach the armpit of your shirt. Cut that strip all the way across.
Open up the edge of the shirt that you didn’t cut. It should look like the photo above. Lay it as flat as possible.
Starting from the top of your piece, even with where the cuts end on one side, cut a diagonal to the end of the cut at the other side.
Continue along in the same pattern, cutting diagonally along the strips from one end to the other, along the dotted lines above. Once you reach the end, you should have one continuous strip of your very own T-shirt yarn! Repeat these steps with your second T-shirt. You can either tie or sew the edges together. Roll your yarn into a ball and you’re ready to follow the tutorial in the video above!
I decided that I wanted to wrap my scarf around my neck a couple of times for a more layered look since the yarn won’t be as sturdy as what is used in the video. I cast on 6 stitches and kept going until I ran out of yarn.
Sew the ends together and you’re ready to go!
After my yarn was done, the arm knitting took less than a half an hour to complete. You will literally be tied up for the duration of knitting, so make sure you have time set aside to only do this. Don’t put some cookies in the oven before starting!